The 30 For 30 Campaign steering committee works to advocate for women living with HIV. Chaired by C. Virginia Fields, the committee aims to ensure that the unique needs of women living with and affected by HIV, including transgender women, are addressed in the national HIV response.
Steering Committee Chair:
C. Virginia Fields, President & CEO, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., http://www.nblca.org/
C. Virginia Fields, MSW has been the President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) since 2008. She brings to the position over eighteen years of experience as an elected official in New York City, where she won widespread praise as a consensus builder around important city, state and national policy issues.
Mrs. Fields was at the forefront of community battles in the early 1980s to secure housing for people living with AIDS. As Manhattan Borough President, she was instrumental in the allocation of millions of dollars for programmatic support to community-based organizations and educational institutions, borough-wide. In 2005, Mrs. Fields was a Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York City, becoming the first African American woman to seek that office. In 2008, she was appointed to the New York State AIDS Advisory Council by then Gov. David A. Paterson. In 2011, Mrs. Fields was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Region II Health Equity Council, one of ten across the nation addressing health disparities and social determinants of health.
A graduate of Indiana University’s School of Social Work, Mrs. Fields served as an adjunct lecturer at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She is a recipient of numerous awards, citations and honors of distinction for her leadership on education, health, community and economic issues.
Steering Committee Members:
Dazon Dixon Diallo, MPH
Founder and President, Sisterlove, Inc.
Erin Falvey, PhD
Executive Director, Christie’s Place
Executive Director, Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease
Chief Executive Officer, AIDS Alabama
Co-founder and Executive Director, The Afiya Center
Director of Advocacy, African Services Committee
Director, Duke HIV/AIDS Policy Clinic Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI)
Founder & Executive Director, The Women’s Collective
Regina Quattrochi, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer, Bailey House
Policy and Advocacy Manager, Positive Women’s Network
Director Of Prevention Technology Education, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Ericka Dennis, Founder and Executive Director, Sacramento Peers on Prevention sacpops.org
Melissa formerly managed public policy for the National Minority AIDS Council. Ms. Torres-Montoya earned a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2011 and received a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University in 2012. At U.C. Berkeley School of Law she served on the boards of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice and La Raza Student Association. She also served as the outreach coordinator for Boalt Hall Women’s Association where she coordinated a women’s health fair for law students and faculty at Boalt. The Boalt Hall Women’s Association also awarded her a Herma Hill Kaye Summer Fellowship for her summer internship dedicated to improving the health of women through the law. Melissa spent the year following her graduate education as an LSRJ public policy and legal fellow at the National Women’s Health Network working to increase women’s access to quality and affordable health care. She also attended the University of California, Davis where she earned her A.B. in History and Political Science. Melissa is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland.
Jaspreet Chowdhary, J.D., M.P.H, Senior Policy Specialist
Jaspreet Chowdhary received a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Goucher College, a M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. Previously, Ms. Chowdhary was a State Advocacy Manager at Community Catalyst where she focused on equitable implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She was part of the inaugural class of the If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellowship program and was placed with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Chowdhary worked in public health research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Duke University Medical Center. In her role as a research analyst, she collected, analyzed, documented and interpreted social, economic, and health data. Ms. Chowdhary has also created and facilitated workshops on social justice using techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed. Jaspreet is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland.
Winnie Ye, M.P.P., Communications Fellow
Winnie joined the 30 for 30 Campaign in 2016 to build its outreach efforts through digital communications and the development of informative and compelling policy materials. She has experience working in reproductive health, rights, and justice in the U.S. and globally with a background in politics and communications through internships at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Institute for Reproductive Health, and the Office of the New York City Public Advocate. In addition to her work at the 30 for 30 Campaign, Winnie is a member of the Young Women of Color for Reproductive Justice Leadership Council. She earned a Master’s in Public Policy and Bachelor’s in Political Science and History at Stony Brook University.